The Corona Funk

That title sounds like a dance doing the rounds on Tik-Tok. In fact, it probably is, but for the purpose of this blog I’m defining ‘funk’ as:

“A general feeling of shitness”

I may be a Personal Trainer, but I don’t enjoy training at home. If I ever bought a treadmill  I know it would function primarily as an expensive coat stand. I may pick up a kettlebell, but it’d be used to prevent the door swinging as opposed to promoting similar movements from my hips.

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#24 – I Don’t want to be the ‘FAT Friend’

This one breaks my heart. I’ve had numerous iterations of the ‘fat friend’ conversation but two stand out. The first is Louise (not her real name). This happened a few years back but I remember it vividly because 5mins into the consultation Louise was in floods of tears.  I’d begun by asking if she had any specific goals: “I want to lose weight.” A pretty standard response. I probed asking if there was a specific reason why. Continue reading “#24 – I Don’t want to be the ‘FAT Friend’”

#19 – The CAN’T vs WON’T Filter Test

I find myself sat with a mentor giving a perfectly rational explanation for why I didn’t do the thing I was unposed to do:

“I couldn’t do that because of x, y, z…”

She paused just long enough to make me consider what I’d said before looking me dead in the eye and enquiring:

“Couldn’t or wouldn’t?”

Cue more dead air that I was happy to fill.

“No, you see I can’t do the thing because…..”

She interjects.

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#17 – “People don’t care how much you know until…..

…..they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt

This is Personal Training in a nutshell.

I presented a nutrition seminar a few months back and was asked about my qualifications. 

My surprised response:

“That’s 5”

5 GCSEs? 

No, that’s a total of 5 times in the last 10 years I’ve been asked about my education background. 

If you’re reading this as a current or aspiring PT it doesn’t mean education isn’t important. You simply have to realise your client probably doesn’t care, and that’s ok.

If you’re reading this as a CLIENT of a PT do they:

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#16 – Healthy habits you KNOW are good for you…..but STILL DON’T DO


  1. Drink water
  2. Eat your 5-a-day
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Sleep 7-9hrs
  5. Do 1-4 consistently 

I’m not going to lecture you on the benefits of points 1-4.

If you’re vehemently against eating vegetables and exercise I don’t know what to tell you… of luck at life.

Focus on point 5 – how to achieve any kind of consistency.

Here are a few basic recommendations that’ll help.

How to consistently drink 2 litres of water daily

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#11 – 5 Recommendations for the “I’m always injured” individual

Do you suffer from recurring niggles?

If the answer is yes give this a read.

I’m going to group injuries into 3 categories:

  1. Freak accidents 
  2. Poor form
  3. Inadequate recovery

A freak accident you can do very little about e.g. you’re minding your own business when a disgruntled goat decides to smash into your shins. That’s extremely unlucky as well as unlikely.

When it comes to poor form, it’s on you. 

Recommendation #1 – Hire a trainer to go through the basic movement patterns

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